Paxil (paroxetine, fluxetine), marketed by GlaxoSmithKline is a regularly prescribed SSRI medication to manage anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Paxil has been linked to miscarriage, spontaneous abortion and birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Paxil is an SSRI, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor that has been proven to cause a 68%-75% higher increase in the risk of miscarriage when taken by women in their first tri-mester of pregnancy. Babies born to mothers who were prescribed paxil and other SSRIs in pregnancy are also at greater risk for PPHN, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn. PPHN causes damage to kidneys, lungs and heart in infants.
On September 27, 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required GlaxoSmithKline and other drug manufacturers to put warning label on prescriptions for SSRI anti-depressants, included Paxil. SSRIs including Paxil have been bumped to Category D pregnancy drugs. Pregnancy drug categories go in order of danger level from A-D and then X, which are known to be high risk drugs Thalidomide is a Category X drug. Interestingly, even the notoriously dangerous tetracycline drugs only fall into Category D. Category D pregnancy drugs are described as follows by the FDA:
“There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” (quoted from www.safefetus.com).
Why would any woman knowing take a dangerous drug during pregnancy. I can’t speak for everyone, but from my own experience I can say ‘because we didn’t know any better.’ You see, the September 27, 2005 ruling came too late for our little Isobella Raine. We lost Isobella on June 28, 2004. I was in my second trimester of pregnancy and was 20 weeks along when baby died. I was taking Paxil under the advice and prescription of a physician, Ob-Gyn and a midwife. Spontaneous abortion is another side affect of Paxil that we didn’t know then. In fact, there’s a class action suit underway against GlaxoSmithKline. If you or someone you know lost a baby or gave birth to an infant with birth defects while on Paxil, click here. There’s a short survey to fill out describing the circumstances. An attorney will look over your information to see if you qualify for lawsuit damages. I filled out the form because I want to prevent other women, infants and families from suffering as we did.
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